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Garmin Announces Mac Support


Mac users who have GPS devices have always felt like second class citizens. Today there are signs this will end. Garmin has announced that effective immediately their GPS devices will become compatible with the latest release of Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger.

“We are very excited to be supporting the many tech-savvy Garmin users who are also Mac devotees,” said Min Kao, Garmin Ltd.’s chairman and CEO. “Mac users have been encouraging us to make our GPS units Mac compatible, and we’ve listened. We hope this brings the many benefits of GPS to current Mac users and invites future Apple customers to the Garmin fold.”

The software Garmin is developing will extend beyond just support for Garmin GPS devices, Garmin will also offer a Mac version of their Training Center software for the Garmin Forerunner and Garmin Edge fitness GPS systems.

And still more regarding Mac support, Garmin’s recent acquisition of Motion Based will be upgraded so that its interface will be Mac compatible. Even nRoute will be upgraded for Mac support of PowerBook, iBook, and now MacBook Pro laptops.

All (then current) Garmin hardware and software will be Mac compatible by the end of 2006.

11 Responses

  1. […] Back in January Garmin announced they would be supporting Mac in future products and now we see hints that Garmin might be looking at offering Linux support. Garmin currently has a job opening for a “Linux Software Engineer” who will: Develop software in C, C++, or other selected languages for either embedded or application development for desktop Linux GARMIN communication and navigation products […]

  2. […] We have previously discussed Garmin’s Announcement of Mac Support. We know tons of people (including us here at GPS Review) are very much looking forward to having Mac support from Garmin. We hoped with v8 of their mapping data out soon we would see Mac support along with it. […]

  3. When will the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx be compatible with Macs?

    Shauna M. Smith - July 11th, 2006
  4. Shauna, there is updated information in the link just above your comment (in comment #2). Basically Garmin has delayed mac support and it looks like we won’t see compatibility with the Garmin 60CSx until early next year. 🙁

    GPS Review - July 11th, 2006
  5. So, “early next year has passed”. Any updates that anyone knows of?

    Dave - April 6th, 2007
  6. They have announced a beta of webupdater as well as POI Loader, but no mention of MapSource. I’ve speculated on a MapSource update over here.

    Tim - April 6th, 2007
  7. What is the latest on using a Mac? I have just bought a 60 Csx. Can anyone tell me if I can use it with my Mac?

    Ken S. - April 9th, 2008
  8. I have a 60 Csx and have been using it on my Mac for over a year, just not Garmin products… other than webupdater/POI Loader as mentioned above. There are other third-party mapping solutions to transfer data, just nothing that Garmin provides.

    Dave - April 9th, 2008
  9. Dave, what are some of these other 3rd party mapping web sites?

    Ken S. - April 15th, 2008
  10. I’ve had the most luck with MacGPS Pro. You can use many types of maps. RouteBuddy is new and although a nice Mac interface the maps (Theirs) are large and are slow to load.

    Dave - April 15th, 2008
  11. I’m disturbed to find that “Mac” support really means Macs running Intel CPUs. The older Power PC Macs appear to be unsupported. I never would have purchased this unit without the ability to use it on my Mac PowerPC!

    Mark - August 8th, 2008

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